in the Episcopal Church is based on the traditions of earliest Christian
communities. We actively participate — listening, singing, kneeling and praying
— and receive the bread and wine; we taste and feel and smell. Each person in
the pew is just as much a minister in worship as the lay readers, acolytes,
deacon or priest.
Book of Common Prayer (the red book in the pew) is our guide to rites and
worship forms for individual and communal use. The blue book in the pew is The
Hymnal. The organist leads the music as the congregation and choir sing
architectural structure of the worship space draws our attention to the center
of our spiritual life, the holy table. We treat the altar area with special
reverence and mark it with cross and candles to set it apart. It is the holy
places of our lives that give meaning and value to all of life. When we cross the threshold into this
building, we enter a sacred space. When we leave, we carry that sacred imprint
with us into the world; we bear God's blessing to others.
our worship, we seek to strike a balance between uniformity for the sake of
unity and freedom of expression for the sake of the movement of the Holy
Spirit. The Book of Common Prayer provides orders of worship for various public
occasions as well as for individual and family use. The intent of the Book is
to provide a spiritual pattern for our lives.
is offered at all weekly services: 7:30
a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesdays; as well as 6:30 p.m.
At the communion rail, you may receive the
bread into your hand, consume it and then guide the cup to your lips. If you do
not wish to receive from the cup, consume the bread and cross your hands over
your chest to refuse the cup. If you wish to receive a blessing only, simply
cross your hands over your chest. Any persons needing assistance coming to the
rail should notify an usher; communion will be brought to you as desired.
Children may receive communion and there is
not a minimum age.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
235 W Duffy St | Norman, OK 73069